Pandemic Review

Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 Board Game Review


Name of the game: Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

BGG Weight: 2.83 / 5

Year published: 2015

Publisher: Z-Man Games

Designer: Rob Daviau, Matt Leacock

Number of players: 2-4

Playing time: 60 minutes

Game category/theme: Cooperative, Strategy, Pandemic, Legacy, Disease control

Board game mechanics: Action Points, Cooperative Play, Hand Management, Role Playing, Set Collection, Variable Player Powers



Strategy: 9.3

Complexity: 8.7

Player Interaction: 8.9

Replayability: 9.5

Game Rating: 9.7

Cost: 6.0



Weight Rating: (8.7 + 9.3) = 18.0

Playability Rating: [(9.5 + 8.9 + 9.7) – 8.7] = 19.4

Play Rating Score: (18.0 + 19.4) * 2 = 74.8

Value Rating: 74.8 / 6.0 = 12.5


Final Score Rating: 74.8 + 12.5 = 87.3



Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 is a cooperative board game that takes place in a world threatened by disease outbreaks. Players take on the roles of specialists who work together to prevent the spread of four deadly diseases that threaten to wipe out humanity.

The game is played over 12 months, with each month representing a game session. The outcome of each session affects the subsequent sessions, with each game leaving a permanent mark on the board and game components. The legacy aspect of the game means that players are creating a unique experience that evolves as they progress through the campaign.

The game offers both solo and cooperative play, but it is best played with a group of friends or family. Each player takes on a different role, and their unique abilities and weaknesses contribute to the overall success or failure of the mission. The game requires strategic planning, collaboration, and decision-making under pressure.

Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 has received widespread critical acclaim for its innovative gameplay, narrative-driven mechanics, and high replayability. The game’s permanent changes and multiple possible endings make it highly replayable and create a sense of ownership over the game’s outcome.


For players who enjoyed Pandemic Legacy: Season 1, here are ten other games they may enjoy:


  1. Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 – The follow-up to Season 1, with new mechanics and challenges.
  2. Gloomhaven – A cooperative RPG-style game with legacy elements.
  3. Betrayal Legacy – A legacy game with horror themes and hidden traitor mechanics.
  4. Dead of Winter – A survival horror game with cooperative and hidden traitor elements.
  5. Spirit Island – A cooperative game about defending an island from colonizers.
  6. Legacy of Dragonholt – A narrative-driven RPG-style game with legacy elements.
  7. Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island – A cooperative survival game with multiple scenarios.
  8. Arkham Horror: The Card Game – A cooperative game with Lovecraftian themes and deck-building mechanics.
  9. Charterstone – A legacy game with worker placement and city-building mechanics.
  10. Time Stories – A narrative-driven game about time travel and solving mysteries.


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